Billie Jean King
October 28, 2011 by staff
Billie Jean King, Before the fans went to the Cleveland Public Hall for the World Team Tennis on Thursday to raise funds, Elton John could be found on the side of the court his partner David Furnish and his little son, Zachary.
10 months of age, the eyes full of joy holding a bright green tennis ball, Sir Elton convey the love for the sport that he himself developed as a child.
“I started playing when hitting a ball against a wall when I was five or six,” he said. “Color television had not been invented and I was playing tennis.”
It’s a passion that led him to collaborate with Billie Jean King in 1993 to create the series WTT Smash Hits. Largest annual event that brings together sports teams run by John and called the king, but is increasingly a passion on display here in the United States and is causing a problem.
“We have American players as much as we used to, the best players.” That says more difficult. “Americans want to see Americans.”
That’s because kids just are not taking in the sport.
“It remains a rich man’s game and that’s the problem,” said John McEnroe about a problem that has seen the sport since he was from the 70′s.
King said that what needs to change is how children are placed in the court.
“When a child signs up for tennis that he or she should be put immediately on a computer. They put kids in a circle and the name of your computer to begin the process of socialization and bonds.”
The focus on tennis, says it has always been on individuals and classes, a word that wants to ban from the sport.
“Children do not like the lesson of the word,” he said. Children playing football, for example, instructions of the same skills but in a team format for what it says in the minds of children who do not see it as learning, but rather playing.
“Everything should be your computer when you want to start playing with your friends as well as in basketball, football, baseball.”
Growing up, the king was exposed to other sports, his younger brother, Randy Moffitt, a former major league pitcher, so she went with an open mind loose.
“When I came into this sport I told everyone wears white socks, white shoes, white clothes and white skin of each person, where is everybody?” He said.
“I would say that at 12 years, so it’s like, it drives me crazy.”
“The problem with tennis for me is not enough to change things is why Billie Jean, you know I admire what she is doing because it’s like banging your head against a brick wall dealing with the heads of these federations and officials, the powers that be. They do not want to change anything, “said McEnroe.
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